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 Holmes named HCC VP of Instructional Services

On Dec. 19, the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. Erica C. Holmes as Vice President of Instructional Services. On hand for the announcement were HCC Board of Trustee members Frank Avent (vice chair) and Dr. Stanley Edwards (chair), along with Dr. Erica Holmes and Dr Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.

On Dec. 19, the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. Erica C. Holmes as Vice President of Instructional Services. She will take the post vacated by Dr. Joy Cooley, who recently retired. Holmes begins her new position, Feb. 1.

“I am very excited to return to Halifax Community College,” said Holmes. “I am looking forward to doing great work with the faculty and staff and working with the college’s overall mission.”

Holmes comes to HCC after most recently holding the position of Dean of the School of Business at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va. Reynolds is a multi-campus institution serving more than 18,000 students.

Having worked in higher education for more than eight years, Holmes has held several administrative posts. She is an educator with a diverse background and has worked in all sectors of education. Prior to working in higher education, she taught statistics and mathematics at Warren County High School and coached in the athletic department. She has taught mathematics at Weldon Middle School while serving as the department chairperson. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at a number of private and public universities including N.C. Wesleyan, Grand Canyon University, Southside Virginia Community College, Halifax Community College, and the College of the Albemarle. She has taught doctoral students at Walden and Kaplan universities, training the next generation of administrators. Her international experience includes teaching at the University of Liverpool and being accepted to present at conferences abroad. She was awarded the “2007 Outstanding Dean Award” by the International Society of Business.

On the frontlines of higher education, Holmes has positioned herself as a visionary leader with concrete accomplishments. She is well-recognized for her strong leadership and entrepreneurship. To her credit, the institutions where she held administrative positions have celebrated balanced budgets, increased external funding, improved curriculums, open communication, articulation agreements, and technology advancements including online programs. She has made valuable contributions to the field of research and serves on many civic and community boards.

Holmes earned a doctorate in Education Leadership in Higher Education Administration from the University of Sarasota. She also holds an EDS in K-12 Educational Leadership, an MSA from Central Michigan University, a BS from Saint Paul’s College, and an AAS from Southside Virginia Community College. She holds several graduate leadership certificates from Virginia Commonwealth University, North Carolina State University, and Roanoke Valley Leadership. Her technical certifications include Online Facilitator, IC3, and Microsoft Office Specialist.

Holmes and her husband, Antonio, are natives of Mecklenburg County, Va. They have two children, Joi and Cherale.